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. >>> same-sex stunner. president obama changes his stance on a law blocking gay marriage. >>> investors have something to celebrate, as well. >>> good morning, everybody. thanks for being with us today. there are new signs this morning that libyan leader, moammar gadhafi, is now losing his 40-year hold on power. the opposition has now taken control in the east. and is vowing to liberate the capital, tripoli. >> meanwhile, president obama has new stands to stop killing his own people. hundreds are dead. and there's protesters still in libya. emily schmidt has the details. >> reporter: good morning to you. americans who are trying to escape libya may not be able to do so. today, the sea waters are simply too rough for their ferries. so, they wait, while the world waits, to see what another day of protests brings. protesters in libya are gaining control. but at huge costs. hundreds killed, while moammar gadhafi forces fire on his own people. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people
with that part of the story. >> thanks. >> reporter: the obama administration still considering what to do. not actioning. even though critics complain that president obama needs to do more to stop the crisis in a nation that produces as much oil as we do in the entire gulf of mexico. so far he's waiting. president obama again issued a warning. >> we strongly condemn the use of violence in libya. >> reporter: backers of libyan strong man moammar gadhafi are defiant. the day after the dictator vowed to crush the rebellion, h power is slipping. and his nation is split. rebels now control eastern libya. some libyan soldiers have defected. >> we are behind the people. >> reporter: gadhafi backers blame the west. and many americans are leaving, a dozen or two getting out on a dutch plane, many more tonight on a ferry. amid the chaos, u.s. and european diplomats and their families worried about being hurt or held hostage. the crisis is driving up gasoline prices. $3.69 in chicago. crude oil as $100 a barrel for the first time since 2008. libya is a big producer. but big oil's deals with gadhafi
the current guy in charge barack obama. number six franklin delano roosevelt. then george washington. john kennedy. number three bill clinton. and abraham lincoln at number two. greatest president in history is ronald reagan. keep in mind these are not historian rankings. should insist before anybody participates, please list the presidents and then fix best. don't go with the ones you can remember. like the movie of all time is the one i just went to. we'll be right back. ask me. >>> welcome back to "hardball". congress pulled an all-nighter on friday night to pass a budget bill that would cut $60 billion in spending. with a few exceptions, it was a party line vote and the cuts themselves look like party line cuts. a lot of them are things that republicans thereof hate, planned parenthood, national endowment for tarts, expenses for the so-called policy czars in the obama administration, the environmental protection agency, and, of course, funding for the implementation of the health care bill. here's dick durbin and lindsey graham on "meet the press." >> if we end up shutting down the gov
. generally high marks for the obama administration during what happened in egypt and as that was playing out, former bush defense secretary paul wolf owe wots says he thinks the u.s. should be providing humanitarian aid support, where does this leave the obama administration? >> i think that the obama add minute strigs is where they've been. they're being very caution here to not get out in front of this too much, to sort of allow it time to play out. but i think on this question of humanitarian aid, when you talk to experts they say that's not really what's needed right now. this is a country that has resources. if you wanted to bring in humanitarian aid, the actual challenge here is one of access. it would be virtually impossible to get resources into the country at this moment. so we'll continue to watch it play out. >> alicia, thank you. carl bernstein, rick lazio, thank you. we have a lot more to talk about this morning. >>> i want to check in on wall street where stocks are plunging and oil prices are soaring on this growing unrest in libya. cnbc's becky quick joins me. what's happenin
obama broke his public silence on the violence calling it, quote, outrageous. he said his highest priority is protecting u.s. citizens as the state department works to liberate them from libya by ferry. >>> protests continue over a proposal to strip public employees in wisconsin of collective bargaining rights and now that divide is deepening after a prank phone call to that state's governor puts a spotlight on potential motives behind the controversy. here's nbc national investigative correspondent michael isakoff. >> reporter: publicly, governor scott walker defended the rights is about saving money. >> we'll balance the budget the right way and not push it off. >> reporter: in a phone call he thought he was having with a major campaign donor, he provided evidence that the real motivation is what they have been saying all along, to crush public unions. >> you essentially are having taxpayers' money being used to to lobby. it's absolutely clous. >> reporter: he believed the caller was koch. he was talking to a left-leaning journalist posing as koch. >> this is our moment. >> repo
. >>> next 30 minutes is your cram session for this thursday, february 24th. the obama administration's announcement it will no longer defend the federal law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriage. plus, carmelo anthony makes his debut at the garden. did his performance justify the price of scalpers for tickets? we'll show you the highlights. >>> but first, let's get to the news lye at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. libyan leader moammar gadhafi is reportedly losing his grip on power this morning as anti-government protesters gain control of a growing number of cities. right now the eastern portion of the country is all but broken away with gadhafi holed up in the capital tripoli. in a further sign of the faltering sign, there's report that is two air force pilots parachuted out of the war plane and let it crash rather than follow orders to bomb a city held by the opposition. meanwhile, international momentum is building to punish gadhafi's regime. breaking his silence on the crisis, president obama said his administration is studying a full range of options inclu
, but how far would and could the obama administration go to prevent a full fledged massacre? >>> and a powerful earthquake leaves one of new zealand's largest cities in ruins. dozens are dead, and more may be trapped under crumbled buildings and chunks of concrete. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we fin with a very, very real danger that anti-government protesters in libya could be slaughtered in huge numbers. the strong man moammar gadhafi making it clear today that he won't go down without a fight. eight days into the demonstrations against gadhafi's regime, at least one person in the libyan capital is reported hearing bullets are being fired non-stop. this is the picture gadhafi wants the world to see. we're told libyans were dragged into the street and even offered money to show their support though for gadhafi. and in a rambling speech today, the libyan leader rejected demands that he step down, and he warned that his opponents would pay with their lives. >> translator: whoever cooperate with foreign countries in order to initiate war against libya
to the regime and that the white house a short time ago, president obama ended days of personal silence on the libya cry says. the president said hillary clinton would attend an emergency meeting of the united nations human rights council, that the administration is mulling sanctions and other options and he condemned gadhafi's promise that anti-government protesters would be executed. >> the suffering and blood shed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters. and further punish the people of libya. these actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. >> more on the president's statement and u.s. options in a moment. and we are tonight closely tracking a ferryboat now up here in tripoli scheduled to take americans to safety in malta, but it is at the peer in will i be qua overnight because of bad weather. let's first though get an up cho look at what many see as the beginning of the end of the gadhafi regime.cho look at what many see as the beginning of the end of the gadhafi regime. be
obama condemning moammar gadhafi's attacks on protesters and his vow to execute his enemies. the unrest, the violence and the threats exploding in libya this week. gadhafi acting and sounding as defiant and as dangerous as ever. the libyan leader appeared yesterday before seemingly supportive crowds in tripoli where his opponents have been largely scared off the streets. but outside the capitol opposition forces have been gaining ground moving closer and closer to gadhafi's power center. cnn's senior international correspondent ben wedeman is one of the few reporters inside libya. he's been in the midst of the protests in libya's second largest city benghazi. [ chant [ speaking in foreign language ] ♪ si [ chanting in foreign language ] >> reporter: this demonstration in benghazi gives you an idea of the passion of the people of this city, the passion of so many libyans who have been thirsting for 42 years for this sort of opportunity, the chance to express themselves freely. [ chanting in foreign language ] >> reporter: we arrived in this city. and from the beginning, everywhere we w
and the obama administration seizing the moment. now issuing an urgent new call for democracy in iran. could the government of ahmadinejad be the next to fall in the middle east? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a defiant moammar gadhafi is refusing to acknowledge any signs of political turmoil in his country. in interviews with the bbc and abc news reported today that gadhafi fiercely denied using force against his own people. >> they love me. all my people are with me. they love me owl. they will die to protect me and my people. no, no, no. >> if you say they do love you, then why are they capturing benghazi and they say they are against you there? >> my people, they come from outside. >> he was referring to al qaeda. meanwhile, the u.s. treasury department has announced it's freezing at least $30 billion in libyan government assets here in the united states. it's reportedly the largest amount ever blocked under any sanctions program. we're covering this story from every angle on the ground as only the global resources of cnn can. let's go to our senior international c
.s., president obama broke his public silence on the violence calling it, quote, outrageous and he said his highest priority is protecting u.s. citizens as the state department worked to evacuate them from libya by ferry. those efforts have been delayed by weather. >>> the device in wisconsin over bargaining rights is deepening after a prank phone call that the state's governor put a spotlight on potential motives behind that controversy. here is michael isakoff. >> reporter: publicly, the governor has said the fight against union rights is to balance the budget. in a phone call he thought he was having with a major phone donner, walker provided his critics with evidence that his real motivation has been about crushing public unions. >> this is essentially about having the taxpayer used to pay to lobby with the taxpayer money. it's ridiculous. >> reporter: the caller was believed to be david koch. in fact, he was talking to a left leading journalist posing as koch. >> this is our moment. >> reporter: the governor's plan would force the government to contribute with pension and benefits, sev
the white house on libya. president obama for the first time calling for moammar gadhafi's outest, and word of another defection, the loyal nurse so often at his side has left, and look at the darkened images in eastern libya where opposition forces have taken one of the presidential palaces discovering among other things books on sourcery. we begin with christiane amanpour on the ground, leading our coverage from tripoli tonight. >> here we are in tripoli, the libyan capital at the heart of the stronghold of moammar gadhafi. what said say may be his last major hold-out. we arrive among one of the few commercial airlines from europe. what we saw at the airport was a sea of humanity outside. looks like workers who have come here from all over this part of the world from the middle east, from other parts of africa, and who have pitched up at the airport for the last several days with no tickets and very little money. they're there with blankets. they have what little food they can muster. they're sleeping. we saw people sleeping, some pitching makeshift tents. huge piles of garbage. there are
against libya. this, while president obama for the first time called for moammar gadhafi to step down. here in the bay area demonstrators gathered at the u.n. plaza in san francisco. we'll have the latest. >>> the close call a pilot had today after his plane crashed just after taking off from the palo alto airport. the news at 5:00 starts right now. >>> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. snow fell in parts of the bay area today, but nothing like the forecast called for. well, now the temperatures are headed down again. we have team coverage on this cold snap. kimberly terry tells us house nurseries are preparing for all this. but we check in first with rob mayeda. >> record-breaking temperatures early this morning. 20s out in san rafael, 28 degrees, napa 27, 34 in oakland and 35 at sfo airport. it was around twin peaks in san francisco we had the dusting of snow overnight. even around san jose, early in the morning, but mainly just some rain. but notice what happened during the day today. we had pretty intense showers rolling through. morgan hill and san martin. brent canon reporting show
crackdown on anti-government protesters. president obama plans to speak out about the situation in libya in just a matter of minutes. we'll have live coverage here. critics have been questioning the president's silence. stand by for that. >>> oil prices spike to the highest level in over two years amid reports that libya's production has stalled. this hour, how the unrest there could threaten the economy here in the united states. >>> and a new legal move by the obama administration reignites the divisive debate over same-sex marriage. amid revolts overseas and budget battles here at home, a lot of people are asking why now? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." these are some of the latest pictures of libyans demanding freedom and defying moammar gadhafi's brutal crackdown. opposition forces have made gains outside the capital of tripoli a day after gadhafi vowed to fight to the death to hold on to power, but witnesses tell us the streets of tripoli are virtually empty right now, except for blood, bodies and burned cars. the white house says president obama will speak out in
obama announcing economic sanctions against the regime saying the united states will freeze billions of dollars in government assets. the economic vice may get tighter. the united nations is holding a weekend session and they are debating a resolution that would impose their own sanctions. julie banderas is covering that angle. >> julie: they are honing to get a vote while there is a broad support for a draft resolution to impose international sanctions against muammar khadafy's government. some countries remain split over whether to refer the issue to the rarely used international criminal court. at a closed-door meeting, china right now is the only country still objecting to an immediate icc referral which would include an investigation of crimes against humanity committed by khadafy against his people since february 15th. the crackdown has resulted in the killings of at least a thousand civilians. meantime, the u.n. resolution was drafted by u.k. and france that would include an arms embargo freezing assets and a travel ban against khadafy, his family and top lieutenant commanders
2012 candidate and former arkansas governor mike huckabee is admitting president obama may be tough to beat next year. >> i think all this talk that, oh, he's a one-term president, people tend to forget one time since 1968 has an incumbent president been taken out who ran for re-election and that was jim any carter in 1980. every other time a president may have taken himself out of the running but the idea he's an absolute one-term and easy to beat, this race is going to be like climbing a ladder pointing toward you because barack obama will start with a billion dollars. >> he made that appearance to promote his new book "a simple government" and called running for president a, quote, very grueling process and said that he would make a decision in the summer about whether to wage another bid for the republican nomination. >>> earlier yesterday, huckabee defended mississippi governor barbour of recent criticism he's been insensitive to issues of race and civil rights calling him, quote, a person of impeccable integrity with race. barbour made the rounds in iowa yesterday visiting the
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in charge barack obama. number six franklin delano roosevelt. then george washington. john kennedy. number three bill clinton. and abraham lincoln at number two. greatest president in history is ronald reagan. keep in mind these are not historian rankings. should insist before anybody participates, please list the presidents and then fix best. don't go with the ones you can remember. like the movie of all time is the one i just went to. we'll be right back. t gets me the tools and research i need to help me make informed decisions. with fidelity, i can invest in stocks, bonds, all at a great price. wow. yeah, wow. ♪ [ male announcer ] fidelity investments. turn here. i thought it was over here... ♪ [car horn honks] our outback always gets us there... ... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back. ♪ >>> welcome back to "hardball". congress pulled an all-nighter on friday night to pass a budget bill that would cut $60 billion in spending. with a few exceptions, it was a party line vote and the cuts themselves look like party line cuts. a lot of them are things that republi
,000 libyans are dead, and president obama today emerged to call the bloodshed in libya outrageous and unacceptable. and now, martha raddatz tells us more about gadhafi and his riches and his children, who seem to have their father's extravagant ways. >> reporter: but it seems his own family has been out of control for decades. the hard partying, hard drinking and lavish spending of this famously track shus family has, according to u.s. diplomats on wikileaks, provided enough dirt for a libyan soap opera. take eldest son saif, who vowed days ago, his family would fight to the last bullet. he reportedly bought this $16 million mansion in london and two years ago, at a party on st. parts, paid mariah carey $1 million to sing a few songs. not to be outdone, brother mutassin, seen here with secretary of state clinton, returned to st. barlts last year and paid more than a million dollars to beyonce. all eight of gadhafi's children are believed to have benefited from billions of dollars of libya's oil profits. all of this, while libyans themselves, one-third, are living below the poverty
opposition figures to be executed. >>> the obama white house is keeping track of the big picture in the middle east and noting that every kun interest where we're seeing protests is a little different. we want to bring in our senior white house correspondent, ed henry. ed, what's the administration saying about the newest uprisings which are hard enough just to keep track of it. >> reporter: it is, candy, and it's interesting, jay carney, the new white house press secretary, the first briefing today and right out of the box he said the president is watching very close lit developments were you talking about, libya, bahrain, all through the middle east as well as north africa, but he was also very careful, jay carney was, to say what you just suggested which is as the president noted at his news conference yesterday, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to these protests, that each country is different, and the administration is going to be careful not to dictate to each government about what to do here, but by the same token the administration is not shy about making sure to
late today. >>> president obama will lead a forum with small business owners at cleveland state university this hour. we will listen to see what the president might say about libya or the deaths of the four americans killed by pirates. >>> the earthquake damage in new zealand, it is horrific. all you have to do is just take a look. this building collapses onto a street. at least 65 people are confirmed dead in christchurch but that number is expected to rise. much of the city is in ruins. the magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck during lunchtime. dazed, bleeding residents were walking in the streets strewn with debris and concrete. several people are trapped. we heard from one woman who was waiting to be rescued. >> i hope someone knows i'm here. sigh suppose they do. >> you said earlier it sounded like rescuers were coming. >> yes. there are other people on other floors, and they are trying to get up and get everyone out. i just have to wait. >> yes, yes. what goes through your mind? >> oh, well, a couple hours ago, i thought i'd had it. i said good-bye, and i managed to wiggle a bi
president obama sided with the state workers. >> some of what i've heard coming out of wisconsin, where you're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions. >> woodruff: speaker of the house john boehner took issue, saying: >> if the president truly wants an adult conversation about our fiscal challenges, shouting down reform-minded leaders is a bad way to start. call off the attacks and lead, mr. president." the fight is being joined in other states, where republicans are also trying to lower employee benefits. protests are planned in coming days in ohio, indiana, missouri, new jersey, and pennsylvania. more than 20 state legislatures are considering benefit cuts. we get two views now on the issues being debated in wisconsin and elsewhere. randi weingarten is president of the american federation of teachers, one of the unions protesting in wisconsin. she was in madison last night. and jonathan williams is the director of the tax and fiscal policy task force for the american legislative exchange council, which represen
. gloria, the conventional wisdom has it that the government shutdown would help president obama politically, like the one back in '95 helped bill clinton politically. does that conventional wisdom hold in this case given the mood of the country. >> well, you know, at this point, i think what voters voted for is the congress and the president to work together and get something done, wolf, and if you go to the brink on this and you have a government shutdown, sure, perhaps president obama and democrats could benefit a bit from it, but overall, independent voters do not like this brinksmanship. they want it to end. that's what they vote for. you know, when they voted democrats out of office, it wasn't a mandate for the republicans per se. it was a mandate to get something done, so i actually think it's in neither side's interest right now to shut this government down, and it sounds like, if you listen, the leaders of both parties and the president don't want to do it. i think the wild card here, wolf, are the 87 new republican house freshman who may say -- who may not have been thr
issue of barack obama? president obama praised you back in 2007. the fact is barack obama is quietly supporting rahm emanuel, his former chief of staff. >> barack obama did not do a formal endorsement of rahm emanuel. barack obama supported me in 2007 in my race for city clerk. i served with barack obama for eight years in the illinois senate. i'm pleased with the fact that he decided not to do a formal endorsement in this race. he realizes this election should be decided by the voters in the neighborhoods of the city of chicago, not by endorsements nor by the millions of dollars that have come from will the the gentlewoman yield and wall street and washington, d.c. in support of rahm emanuel and other candidates in this race. >> one of the quotes you gave to the "chicago sun times" was when rahm emanuel was hiding under his desk because of his friendship with the clintons, i was doing the heavy lifting. i was the first latino to endorse barack obama for senate. i know i have earned the president's praise. he has spoken highly of my work in chicago's neighborhoods. do you feel the pr
for my payment. >> well, david, that happens quite often and president obama called me about 4:30 this morning. it wasn't president obama. it was obama. it was donny down in the lobby trying to get in. got another one. >> william writes never too early to play the mike barnicle drinking game. one shot of tequila for every time he has peetz-er or obama-er. two shots every time he says mika. >> when mika plays the game she has to go to two bottles of aleve as soon as she finishes playing that game. thank you very much. "morning joe" starts right now. >> sooner or later, the media stops finding it interesting. >> not the liberal bastards on msnbc. >> but yeah, who watches that. i went on "morning joe" this morning but i like it just because i like being combative with those guys. you know, they're awful. >> joe's a good guy. he's one of us. >> he's all right. he was fair to me. i had fun. they had schumer over from new york on ripping me and then they had a little clip of a state senator hiding out ripping me. it was almost too easy. >> beautiful, beautiful. you have to love that
house, president obama spoke out against the violence today and spoke up for the libyan people. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous. and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of libya. these actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. the change that is taking place across the region is being driven by the people of the region. this change doesn't represent the work of the united states or any foreign power. it represents the aspirations of people who are seeking a better life. as one libyan said, we just want to be able to live like human beings. we just want to be able to live like human beings. it is the most basic of aspirations. that is driving this change, and throughout this time of transition, the united states will continue to stand up for freedom, stand up for justice, and stand up for the dignity of all people. >> president obama today. but keeping them honest, the u.s. and europe has a lot to answer for in its willingness to turn a blind
with the stepped up pressure on libyan strong man moammar gadhafi. president obama has joined other world leaders in condemning violence in that embattled leader's country. >> secretary of state clinton is being sent to geneva for talks aimed at stopping the bloodshed. alex marquardt has traveled from egypt into libya with this report. >> reporter: report reads hand by hand, down with gadhafi. a large part of this country now firmly in the control of the protesters. we're about 15 minutes inside the libyan border and we've been stopped at several checkpoints where they're asking for our passports. it's civilians doing the asking. there isn't any military or police in sight. those we spoke to say gadhafi failed them. people need everything, this man said. there are no hospitals, no medicine, no jobs, no food. >> he only did one thing. he tried to catch the oil. he just think himself is leader for africa, but is not him. >> reporter: just to the west, signs of a nation on the cusp of all out war. libyan military trying to destroy the protesters. helicopter gunship fires on the people. a fighter jet
with president obama at the white house today, in part to discuss the ongoing unrest in the middle east, and north africa. she'll also host an internet chat where she will answer questions from young people in egypt. >>> now to new zealand where rescue crews are fighting time and aftershocks as they search for earthquake survivors this morning. at least 75 people are dead from tuesday's massive quake, and some 300 are still missing. a nighttime curfew has been imposed on hard-hit christchurch. another 300 people remain missing. authorities have abandoned rescue operations in some buildings where they know people are trapped but with no hope that anyone survived. a national state of emergency has been declared. specialists from the u.s. and other nations are rushing to christchurch to aid in the rescue operations there. >>> in other news, rahm emanuel, the former chief of staff to president obama, has been elected mayor of chicago. emanuel was the easy winner, taking 55% of the vote in a six-candidate race, and avoiding a runoff. emmanuel resigned from the obama administration last year
headquarters today, it said that president obama must choose between the libyan people or gadhafi. brian. >> richard engel in the city of benghazi in libya tonight. richard, thank you. gadhafi's son said further tonight, by the way, tripoli is calm and this is all the work of terrorists. >>> back here in the u.s., the white house turned up pressure on libya today and there was an extraordinary scene at the u.n. late today. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, watching it all from our washington newsroom tonight. andrea, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. as soon as american diplomats and civilians were safely out of libya, the white house announced it will impose sanctions on moammar gadhafi and declared he has zero legitimacy after attacking his own people. galvanized by the blood shed, the u.n. security council heard a dramatic plea for help from libya's ambassador. >> please, united nations, save libya. not blood shed, not killing of innocents. >> reporter: it was a rare display of emotion for the u.n. as his fellow ambassadors got up to embrace the
't reach an agreement on a continuing spending bill. president obama says if the fed freezes the economic recovery will come to a halt as well. the president is urging lawmakers to come together for the sake of americans and the economy. meanwhile, republican senator rob portman is defending the gop proposal for $4 billion in cuts saying the party's goal is to make sensible spending reductions to create more jobs. for more on the countdown to shut down check out our new special section on wusa9.com. it is all about the impact it could have on this region. check on the banner of the right side of your home page. >>> synthetic marijuana and bath salts used to get high will soon be against the law in the state of virginia. outlying the chemically treated smoking leaves. and also the salts that users snort will become illegal. banning the chemicals found in so-called safe pot. >>> still ahead this saturday night. union supporters taking to the streets all over the country in a show of solidarity with protestors in the city of wisconsin. the latest on the budget battle. >>> libya is blasted wi
with hate messages on them. the n word, antisemattic phrases. president obama with 666 scrawled across his forehead. >> i think that one is probably the most concerning. >> reporter: and a picture of the holocaust museum shooter with the words hero next to it. >> we are all government workers around here and to come and to park and to see something like that on a meter is horrendous. i was very insulted. >> reporter: this is bruce johnson in the district. from the police and fire departments to public works which operates the biggest fleet, city officials are now scrambling to find out just how many vehicles with been bought or leased and at what cost. >> we will look at it to see where there might be disparities. >> reporter: questions raised by the media after it was learned that two luxury lincoln navigators were decembered for dc council chairman kwame brown at about $1900 each per month. he rejected the first sufficient because he didn't like the grey interior. he decided yesterday to return a second leased vehicle along with an apology to city taxpayers. the mayor during questioning
that attack. but, he wouldn't say what that proof was. >>> world leaders, including president obama, have condemned gadhafi's deadly crackdown against anti-government protesters. michael herzenberg is in washington with the latest on this. good morning, michael. what do you know? >> well, good morning, betty. the president hasn't had much to say publicly about the crisis. but wednesday, he condemned the violence and warned the world is watching. >> suffering and bloodshed is outrageous, and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters. >> reporter: the president also said his administration is now exploring a full range of options to respond to the crisis. that could include economic sanctions, even military action. one option, establish a no-fly zone over libya like the ones once enforced over iraq to keep a dictator from using his air force against his own people. without some kind of intervention, analysts predict the crisis will descend further into chaos. >> this is really a fight to the death, i think, in libya. not only for gadhafi and his regime, but
and national landmarks. now, with the economy still fragile, president obama is warning this time could be worse. >> be destabilizing at a time when i think everybody is hopeful that we can start growing this economy quicker. >> reporter: but with debt and deficits at record levels, this time, republicans think the public is behind them. >> look, we are not looking for a government shutdown, but at the same time, we are also not looking at rubber-stamping these really high elevated spending levels that congress blew through the joint two years ago. >> reporter: lester this could be the battle in a year-long fight over spending. the government is expected to exceed its statutory debt limit of $14.3 trillion, in about two months and republicans say they wouldn't vote to raise it unless there are bigger cuts in spending. lester? >> mike viqueira, thanks. for more on this i want to bring in john harwood, chief washington correspondent for cnbc. john, republicans say slashing the budget was the mandate voters gave them in november and we heard they are not going to agree to even a temporary
obama doing enough to back unions, the democrats' bread and butter? 2007 he said if the union was ever out on -- had issues, i'd be the first one out there on the picket lines with them. he hasn't been out there. >> no, he hasn't been out there. and, in fact, don, let's take the first question first. the fact republicans, republican governors are taking a hard line on spending in the states, we're seeing republicans taking a hard line in washington d.c., that is absolutely helping with their base. what their base is going to want though, don, is that they continue to keep this hard line all the way through 2011 through 2012. that will help them on election day. at the same time, what democrats need to do is continue keep on fighting. president obama did make that comment. he made it in south carolina when he was running for president. i will tell you he got a little bit of cover today from major union head on one of the sunday shows, however, i will tell you activists are very frustrated. they don't think he's doing enough. they want to see him up in wisconsin. that's unlikely to happe
billion in spending and cuts some programs president obama had already targeted. >> next week congress will focus on a short-term budget for the sake of our people and our economy we cannot allow gridlock to prevail. both democratic and republican leaders in the house and senate have said they believe it's important to keep the government running while we work together on a plan to reduce our long-term deficit. >> the biggest cuts are to earmarks. the house republican budget also cuts nearly half a billion from he education programs, 29 million for broadband access in remote areas, and 30 million for a proposed smithsonian building. >>> the national goose popular children's farm is also on the chopping block. >> parents are coming together staging an unusual protest to call attention to their cause. roz plate hear the story. -- roz plater has the story. >> sometimes they kick. >> reporter: saturday morning at the kids farm at the national zoo, learning about the animals is in full swing. but amidst the cows, goats, and don keys, there is also a protest. a pet-in, if you will, over the
. thank you, stephanie. >>> and for the first time, president obama has spoken out publicly, condemning the brutal violence in libya, but he's avoided mentioning gadhafi by name. officials say he doesn't want to make a bad situation worse for the americans still there. >> the suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable. so are threats and orders to shoot peaceful protesters and further punish the people of libya. these actions violate international norms and every standard of common decency. this violence must stop. >> joining us now, "new york" magazine's john heilemann. john, this is a dicey situation. the president's getting criticized for not being more forceful, but at the same time, this is a lot more dangerous, because we have no reliable sources inside the country. dangerous than tunisia and even egypt. >> yes, and because we're dealing with a lunatic. i mean, it's a different -- really, the diplomacy, as you know, after covering this for all these years, you know there's a very different kind of situation that arises when you you're dealing with a leader who is
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